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Anderson, Susan R.
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Department of Educational Studies
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Critical issues affecting the provision of education of persons with disabilities in Jamaica
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Conference and Prospects of Education in Developing Countries
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March 23-25, 2002
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Barbados
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Abstract
While early intervention strategies for the education of persons with disabilities seem to have been consensually agreed, there are various issues affecting the actual implementation of these interventions. Such implementation strategies require serious consideration and emphasis. Issues here include personal considerations, i.e. degree of disability, home support, self motivation, as well as external ones, which relate to matters of policy and the school curriculum at the level of both content and strategies. This paper discussed some issues in the provision of education as well as criticized strategies employed which were not likely to achieve the desired results. Also argued for new and functional strategies. The underlying assumptions of this research are that (i) persons with disabilities have a right to equal opportunities for participation in the life of society, and (ii) disabled persons such as those under review can maximise their potential and strive for personal excellence in the academic and personal spheres as confirmed by the numerous studies conducted.....
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